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Shifra Epstein

Dr. Shifra Epstein is an independent folklorist living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the author of The Daniel-Shpil in the Bobover Hasidic Community: From a Folk Drama to a Hasidic Ritual for Purim (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1998) (Hebrew). She is also the producer of the film Pilgrimage of Remembrance: The Jews of Poland (1991) and published many papers in journals of Jewish Studies, anthropology and comparative literature.

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Text & Translation

אין צײַט פֿון פֿאַרנומענעם פּױלן

In Occupied Poland

Moyshe Aftergut

Translation by Shifra Epstein

A summary of the first pirem-shpil or “Purim play” written, produced and performed by Bobover Hasidim in the United States after the Second World War.

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Yehoash’s Scroll: A Calligraphed Megiles Ester

Shifra Epstein

In honor of Purim, a fine calligraphed scroll of Yehoash’s translation into Yiddish of the Book of Esther, completed by the poet’s daughter Chava.

Text & Translation

חנניה, מישאל ועזריה בתוך כּבֿשן־האש

Ḥananiah, Mishael and Azariah in the Fiery Furnace (The Daniel-Shpil)

Translation by Shifra Epstein

A new translation of a purim-shpil performed by the Bobover Hasidim in New York in 1987 with audio and photographs of the performance offers a unique glimpse into contemporary hasidic culture.

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A New Year, a New shifskarte

Shifra Epstein

A look at an example of the famed Yiddish new years cards. This one is a “good year ship ticket,” granting the receiver “120 free yearly round-trips for himself and his family.”

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